The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1361047 (stock #TCR6452)
The Kura
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A large futamono (covered dish) in the shape of a Tai-fish by Ninnami Dohachi enclosed in a triple wood box signed and annotated by renowned potter Miura Chikuken (Chikken). The Tai fish (Red Snapper) is a popular motif and commonly served in celebratory occasions because its name (Tai) is a homophone for Medetai (celebration). The stomach section is removable to reveal a compartment where fish might be served. It is 36.5 x 23 x 20 cm and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1350838 (stock #MOR4667)
The Kura
$1,700.00
A pair of Geese made from gourds capped with zogei beaks and filled with tiny lead balls so that they may be balanced into any position on their root-wood base. One of the most elaborate Scholar art gourd designs I have seen. Each goose is roughly 8.5 cm and 10 cm respectively (3-1/2 and 4 inches), the base 17 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and all in excellent condition, dating likely from the Meiji or opening years of the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1323986 (stock #MOR5065)
The Kura
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A pair of root-wood geese carvings 10 x 4 x 3 inches (24 x 10 x 9 cm) and 6 x 3 x 8 inches (14 x 6.5 x 20 cm) respectively. There are some minor losses around where the feet are attached to the natural form polished wood bodies, otherwise are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1309466 (stock #ALR4933)
The Kura
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A snake slithers through the late summer grasses on this painting by Utsumi Koho dated 1901. Painted on silk, it has been completely remounted in a fine cloth border featuring blackened wood rollers. The scroll is 20-1/2 x 71-1/2 inches (52.5 x 182 cm) and is in fine condition. Utsumi Koho (Tsunejiro) was born in Chiba prefecture in 1878, the tenth year of the Meiji period. He studied the Shijo manner of painting under Mochizuki Kinpo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1355373 (stock #MOR6403)
The Kura
$1,000.00
A skeleton sits in the traditional Seiza position sheltering a huge skull between its legs. This antique Japanese carving is signed Ringyoku, and likely dates from the later 19th century. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall, and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1361491 (stock #TCR6463)
The Kura
$750.00
A beautiful dark square of clay from the Shigaraki kilns forms a box for carrying incense covered in rich red-brown glaze, the surface pocked with shiseki stones dating from the first half of the Edo period (17th -18th centuries). It is 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) square and in overall fine condition, enclosed in an age-darkened kiri-wood box bound with buck-skin.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1340577 (stock #TCR5255)
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A set of 5 plates from the Mino kilns of the 19th century depicting one of the Rokukasen (Rokkasen, six great poets) dating from the 19th century. Each plate is 5 x 4 x 3/4 of an inch (12.5 x 10 x 2 cm). There are two small chips to the rim (see close up photos).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1920 item #1343171 (stock #ANR5309)
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Five elongated prints mounted on momigin crushed silver foil in a border of old woodblock printed pages from erotic pillow books, wrapped in a frame of shunkei-nuri lacquered wood. The back covered as the border with old pages of Shunga books. It is 184 x 69.5 cm (6 feet by 27-1/2 inches). Enclosed in wooden box. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1920 item #1361105 (stock #MOR6455)
The Kura
$850.00
A one sided accordion album decorated with erotic scenes dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The opening and closing pages are sunakin scattered gold flake. The rest is imagery on gold. The first printed page reveals a public bath scene, where the Noren curtain can be lifted to reveal a woman in the bath. Next we find a woman removing her robes as she goes toward the bath...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
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A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351723 (stock #TCR5094)
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A pair of gorgeous Meiji period vases from the Kyushu kilns of Takatori enclosed in a superb compartmentalized cross-cut-cedar wood box. They are roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall each and in fine condition.
Takatori Yaki was started by Korean potters brought over to Japan during the invasion of Korea in the Momoyama period...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1313684 (stock #TCR4982)
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A raw earthen bottle hand formed for sake and engraved with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. The poem reads:
Fuyubata no On the Daikon Leaves
Oone no kuki ni In a winter field
Shimo Sae Te Frost gleams
Asatode Samushi Going out in the morning I feel cold
Okazaki no sato Here in Okazaki village
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1320280 (stock #MOR5031)
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A large bronze figure of a Shojo sake-sprite offering a cup of merriment to a turtle (the symbol of longevity) signed by Shoun and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is x 6 x 7 x 7-1/2 inches (14 x 18 x 19 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1354448 (stock #TCR6395)
The Kura
$220.00
A scene befitting the Daimyo, a regal person and his attendants are conveyed by ship through verdant islands under a clear sky. This set of five dishes comes from the Feudal kiln of the Ikeda clan. Each is roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition. There is one tiny chip in one, and a couple of hairline fractures along the rim of another. Otherwise they are in quite good condition, with only a couple of firing flaws in the rims (see close-up photos)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1350150 (stock #ALR5361)
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A brilliant scroll depicting a Kabuki actor by Hayashi Bunto (1886-1966) memorializing the performance of the famous Kabuki Drama Senbon Zakura (1,000 cherry Trees) enclosed in the original signed wooden box thus titled. It is enclosed in a fantastic border of color and monochrome woodblock theater pamphlets and album pages depicting historical scenes of this play...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1356895 (stock #TCR6419)
The Kura
$1,150.00
A brushpot by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I decorated by his friend the famous scholar artist Tomioka Tessai and enclosed in a signed double wood box. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is titled – Sozan zo Fude Zutsu and signed Hachiju – Okina Tessai Zo, Sozan Yakisei.
Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) was a scholar artist trained from age seven in the traditional Confucian manner...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1337031 (stock #TCR5213)
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Otafuku, the embodiment of feminine warmth, smiles softly as she draws her robes up, a large pottery figure by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I. An identical image with overglaze enamel decorations is visible in the 1929 posthumous exhibition catalog (Copies included). It is over 15 inches (39 cm) tall. There is a chip in the base near the left foot (see pictures).
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1355794 (stock #TCR6411)
The Kura
$980.00
A black-eyed shrimp scoots along the sandy body of this large vase by Miyagawa Kozan capped with a crystalline green fissured glaze cascading from the rim. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall 9-1/2inches (24 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It is stamped on the base Makuzu. For a nearly identical piece see the book Makuzu Kozan Ten (1986) figure 61.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Cou...